Rick received his B.Arch. from Waterloo in 1984. His design work, in conjunction with Toronto firms, has received numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. He has taught in numerous design studios over the years, with an emphasis on design fundamentals. He has also taught courses in landscape theory and design. Research interests include: Canadian architecture and landscape history and theory; contemporary landscape design; relationships between buildings and the land; land art.
Dr. Araji is a design expert in climate and environment. He has contributed to landmark projects that range from the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan to the world’s tallest buildings Jedda Tower and the world’s first large-scale positive energy building Masdar Headquarters. Numerous of these projects and winning competitions in his work portfolio at renown architecture firms in the United States apply innovative technologies to form high-performance, sustainable designs that generate minimal ecological footprint.
Linda Zhang is a registered architect (OAA, AIA), interior designer (NCIDQ), drone pilot (RPAS advanced operations) and co-founding principal at Studio Pararaum (Toronto—Zürich). She was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at Harvard University GSD where she received a MArch I AP with distinction, the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize and the AIA Henry Adams Certificate. She completed her BScArch with honours at McGill University Peter Guo-hua Fu SOA where she was the recipient of McGill Alumnae 75th Anniversary Scholarship, the Faculty of Engineering Scholarship, the Murdoch Laing Design Competition (third prize), the Philip J. Turner Prize, and the Steel Structure Education Foundation Scholarship.
Zhang's design-research proposes the process of making as a form of cognition; production as thought—thinking always translates into making and making into further ideas. Through this process, her work explores how community memory, cultural heritage, and identity can be embodied through emergent technologies (including VR, AR, machine learning, robotics and 3D scanning), lived experience (affect theory), matter (ceramics), and material processes (slip casting).
She is a 2022 Artist-in-Residence at the EKWC (European Ceramic Work Centre), 2022 Toronto Metropolitan University Library Research-in-Residence and 2021-2022 visiting scholar at NYU’s A/P/A Institute. Previously, she was the recipient of the 2019 Multicultural Fellow at NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts), 2017-2018 Boghosian Fellowship at Syracuse University SoA as well as 2017 Fellowship at the Berlin Center for Art and Urbanistics. She received the 2022 TMU Social Innovation and Action SRC Award, 2020 Toronto Excellence Award (Rising Star), 2021 TMU Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence (Innovation) and the 2021 TMU Dean's Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Award. As the NPI, she currently holds the 2020 Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Exploration Tri-council Fund and the 2021 SSHRC Exploration Fund. Prior to joining Waterloo Architecture, Zhang was an assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and Syracuse University.
Her work has been exhibited and presented internationally in Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, including the London Festival of Architecture, Milan Architecture Design Expo, The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Toronto Offsite Design Festival and the Canadian Centre of Architecture.
Tura Cousins Wilson is an architect from Toronto and co-founder of the Studio of Contemporary Architecture (SOCA). He is a licensed architect in Ontario and the Netherlands and also a founding member of BAIDA. Tura’s interest and experience spans a variety of scales and types, including housing, cultural spaces, and urban design.
The Client Support Specialist, Architecture Computing & Media provides support, consulting, and training to the faculty, staff, and students at the Architecture campus. Responsibilities include troubleshooting client computer issues, providing instruction and training for school services (printing, wireless access, shared resources, and information systems) and maintaining school computing equipment (three computer labs, multifunction printer/copier/scanners, large format plotters).
Working in close collaboration with the Engineering Advancement team, the Advancement Manager develops, produces and executes communication materials, strategic advancement initiatives and engagement events directed to local, national and international audiences and stakeholders, which includes: alumni, prospective donors, prospective sponsors and related professional associations.
The Communication Specialist works closely with the Director and Advancement Manager providing creative and design expertise in the execution of all marketing and communication strategies.
The Financial Officer (FO) offers financial information and direction to the senior management in the School of Architecture and the Rome Campus to ensure informed decision making, while providing effective financial systems and strategic planning. The FO is responsible for the integrity of financial processes and systems within the School to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and the University of Waterloo policies and guidelines.
The Administrative Manager acts as the primary business representative and liaison for the University of Waterloo on site in Rome. Management of the program from an organizational point of view: organization and management of educational trips, off-site lectures, the study in Rome and relations with Canadian and Italian professors, as well as acting as financial officer. Frauke assists our students on a daily basis, both with personal inquiries and academic issues.
The Administrative Assitant is responsible for booking and coordinating events at the School. They also administer the teaching evaluations and assists with field trip coordination. The Administrative Assitant provides support to the undergraduate and graduate academic programs, and offers support with the Lecture Series.
As the Fabrication Specialist/Instructor, Michael is primarily responsible for making sure the workshop is a safe environment for the school community to work in. He is responsible for supervising and instructing undergraduate and graduate students in the operation of the workshop equipment while educating users in proper safety practices. Michael also assists other staff and faculty members in the construction of various exhibits and installations within the school and community.
The Undergraduate Program Coordinator is responsible for the undergraduate student community body in all aspects of the program. Questions pertaining to any undergraduate issues can be referred to the undergrad coordinator for an answer, resource, referral to the correct person to answer the question, or assistance in resolving the concern. You may recognize them from any recruiting or admissions event you attended, as they are also responsible for these areas of the undergraduate program.